6. Include Small, Fresh Fish in Your Diet
With fresh caught fish, some of the best sources are smaller options like sardines, herring, and anchovies. Small fish are very abundant in the wild, especially as they serve as a food source. Their small size allows populations to grow quickly and repopulate, especially when areas are not over-fished. Additionally, the abundance of these small fish makes them a very sustainable food source. Sustainability is a major issue in the fishing industry because of the high demand of fish. Even though farm-raised fish are a good option, they often don’t have the same benefits of wild caught fish because many are fed an unhealthy and unnatural diet.
Sticking with smaller fish is also a most healthy seafood choice because it ensures you aren’t consuming too much mercury or PCBs from plastic pollution. Smaller fish are at the bottom of the food chain in the wild. These small fish are eaten by medium fish and the medium fish are eaten by bigger fish and so on. Every time that one fish eats another, it also consumes all the mercury and other pollutants that it may have in its body and bloodstream. By eating the smaller fish that feed on algae instead of large, predatory fish like walleye and lake trout or bottom feeders like sea trout and striped bass, there’s a lower risk of eating contaminated fish.